- Category: Junior Sailing
- Published on Friday, 15 March 2013 08:30
Fancy using your skill and intelligence to beat against the wind?
Sailing courses are held over the summer months in July and August each year. We work alongside County Sligo VEC in bringing the sport of sailing to as many young people as possible. At the end of each two week course a barbeque is held at the clubhouse and sometimes there are theme days where the sailors dress up as characters or pirates - the theme varies from week to week. Listen at daily briefings.
Same old faces and some new faces
Every year the same families return for the courses the club offers, along with friends and newcomers, members and non-members alike. It gives the kids a great focus over the summer. Plenty of practice leaves them all ready for our annual junior regatta held in mid August.
Racing for fun
During the summer (on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings) racing is organised for the benefit of juniors. We encourage all junior sailors (members and non-members) to attend these sessions because it is a great chance to practice newly learnt skills and have a bit of fun.
Junior Regatta - sailing and rowing races
The day starts with two rowing races. The under 12 Joan Malone Perpetual cup and the under 16 McElroy Perpetual cup. These are hotly contested trophies and it is great to see the sport of rowing alive and well at MSC. This is followed by our three race regatta with as many classes as there are a variety of boats. competition is fierce. The boys versus the girls, sisters versus brothers, cousins versus cousins, etc. We encourage all our juniors to participate with the promise of soup and treats when they all come in.
The day ends with everyone gathering for a barbeque (whatever the weather) culminating in the presentation of the prizes.
Cara Na Mara
Cara na Mara is the ISA’s new fun, shore based initiative focuses on delivering basic sailing skills and seamanship to 6-8 year olds. It will operate week 3 (July 15 - 19) and week 4 (July 22 - 26). The hours will be from 9.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday.
The cost will be €80. Main contact Annette Byrne on 088 282 6867.
ISA Training Centre
The Irish Sailing Association is the national governing body for sailing, windsurfing and powerboating in Ireland.
You can visit their website here www.sailing.ie